DAVID CHIPPERFIELD

DAVID CHIPPERFIELD

Sir David Chipperfield CBE, RA, RDI, RIBA British, born 1953, London. David Chipperfield established David Chipperfield Architects in 1985, now with offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. He has taught and lectured worldwide at schools of architecture in Europe and the United States. 

He was Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University in 2011. In 2012 David Chipperfield curated the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. He is an honorary fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Bund Deutscher Architekten, and past winner of the Andrea Palladio Prize, the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal, the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, and the Grand DAI (Verband Deutscher Architekten- und Ingenieurvereine) Award for Building Culture. David Chipperfield was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004, appointed a Royal Designer for Industry in 2006, and elected to the Royal Academy in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2010 he was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. 

In 2011 he received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, and in 2013, the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association, both given in recognition of a lifetime’s work.

WALKING THROUGH WHITENESS

Developed by DCA Milan as part of ‘White in the City: White architecture Design Week 2017’ curated by Giulio Cappellini at the Cortile d’Onore of Palazzo Brera in Milan, the installation fuses the essential qualities of White – its nature, science and symbolism – into a single experience. A White Cube enclosing a White Space in which the qualities of White as the achromatic colour of maximum lightness and clarity can be explored. Externally, the White Cube measures as a perfect 2.5m cube composed of White Chalk beams. 

These White Chalk beams, the first of three Components that form the installation, are made by Laboratorio Morseletto and slot together forming the horizontal courses of the structure. Internally, the surfaces merge to create a space of Whiteness in three dimensions, dissolving any sense of materiality. Covering the floor is the second Component: White Salt. This crystalline mineral element, an enduring symbol of life and purification, accumulates from the square perimeter of the White Space into a round central mound like a naturally occurring White Salt cone. 

The third Component is a 5000-degree Kelvin beam of White LED-Light piercing through an aperture in the ceiling. Made by Viabizzuno, it is one of the Whitest Lights in existence and illuminates the White Salt crystal cone which reflects White Light onto surrounding surfaces to generate an interplay of White references: concentrated/unsaturated, light/shade, smooth/rough, matte/bright – contributing to the sense of metaphysical space.